Organised by the Singapore Association of Social Workers and supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the annual Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) is presented at the Istana by the President of the Republic of Singapore who also hosts the tea reception for social workers in recognition of their contributions to the society.

OSWA is the highest award to social workers conferred by the President of the Republic of Singapore. It aims to recognise the outstanding contributions made by dedicated social workers in Singapore. The award acknowledges their passion and professional contributions to the improvement of the social service and healthcare sectors.

PSWA was introduced in 2008. It accords recognition to social workers who are newer in the field but have nonetheless made a difference in the lives of their clients as well as the community.

The OSWA winner will receive a certificate, a Personal Development Grant of $10,000 from ExxonMobil and an additional cash grant of $1,000 from MSF. Furthermore, the winner will receive a Professional and Leadership Development Grant worth $30,000 sponsored by MSF.

The PSWA winner will receive a certificate, a Personal Development Grant of $8,000 from ExxonMobil and an additional cash grant of $1,000 from MSF. Furthermore, the winner will receive a Professional and Leadership Development Grant worth $14,000 sponsored by MSF.

  • A recognised Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate Diploma in Social Work;
  • More than 8 years of post-qualification social work experience for OSWA and between 3 and 8 years of post-qualification social work experience for PSWA;
  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Registered Social Worker accredited by the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB); and
  • Currently working in the community or healthcare sector including the management, academic and research domains.

Click HERE for Selection Criteria